Joann Cannon Meyers passed away September 22, 2022 at Suncoast Hospice after suffering a stroke. She is preceded in death by her loving husband of 52 years, Robert and her parents, Joseph and Ada Cannon.
Joann was born January 1st in Boston, Massachusetts and moved to Florida when she was 12. She went to St Paul’s Catholic School and then to St. Petersburg Junior College. Joann’s jobs included work at St. Anthony’s Hospital, a potato chip factory, and as a legal secretary. By far, her favorite job was at Church of the Transfiguration. She volunteered in the school and in the rectory for many years and then became the church secretary for over 30 years working for both Monsignor Mulligan and Monsignor Bolger. Her happiest of memories was being “The Church Lady” and she loved to talk about her time there.
But family, of course, came first with her. As a little girl during World War II she wrote her dad loving letters while he was away in the Navy. Later in life she helped her mom anyway she could. She was a loving devoted wife to Robert. They met at church and she agreed to marry him only if he got a “real job”. He did and they enjoyed life together for many years. Joann was an amazing mother to Kathleen and Dolores. She was fun, musical, loved to sing, and spend every possible minute mothering, loving, teaching, and sheltering them. When grandchildren, John and Jessica, arrived Joann’s elevated status to “grand”mother really took hold. There wasn’t anything she wouldn’t do for the grandchildren. Her unconditional love for them was epic. And once John married Renee, Joann was blessed with two beautiful great grandchildren, Elizabeth and Michael. Her wit, her caring, her love, her personality is her legacy for the family she left behind.
In Joann’s own words (found in her home in her own handwriting) she is (1) Neat - simple but clever, good and excellent; (2) Clever - quick at learning and understanding things, intelligent, quick with words but in a way that annoys people, a person who thinks they know everything and that they are always right; (3) Arrogant - behaving in a way (proud) with little thought for others;
Funeral Mass is at 9:30 AM, Tuesday, October 4, 2022 at Cathedral of St Jude the Apostle (chapel), 5815 5th Avenue N, St. Petersburg, FL 33710. A rosary will be said prior to the Mass. Burial will follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery, 5233 118th Avenue N, Clearwater, FL 33760.